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Ghost Stories - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 41
Gots: 38 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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t0rin0

California

2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

03-25-2013 01:27:11 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to vacax for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, marshmallow, cocoa, and coconut aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is very good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 03:52:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

02-17-2013 03:13:50 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-17-2013 03:13:06 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-27-2013 22:08:14 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-27-2013 22:18:36 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured out as a dark brown brew, almost black. There is a tan creamy head on top with a pretty impressive retention and lacing here. The smell is earthy, I pick up elements of evergreen, pine and then there is a sweetness on the nose and I believe the tea comes out along with the coconut a little bit. The taste of the beer is oaky, slightly chocolatey with a toasty malt flavor, there is a subtle amount of honey that comes through but not enough for a Braggot. The mouthfeel is creamy, soft carbonation. Overall this beer is unique. It's not really a Braggot in my opinion but still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 22:43:48 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-15-2013 03:59:38 | More by GRG1313
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-26-2013 04:47:40 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for bringing this to my post-dissertation defense party. Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lace. Dark brown body.

S - Odd mix of tea, oak, and cocoa. There's some vegetal pepper notes, even though I don't think that's one of the adjunct; guessing it's black smoked tea?

T - The taste is again an odd mix of cocoa, vanilla, tea, and oak. Some cocoa and nuts, as well as an unexpected note of cinnamon and some odd vegetal flavors.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with lower carbonation, and well-hidden booze. No complaints here.

D - Unlike the Kuhnhenn braggots I've had, the typical mead sweetness is quite understated here. More beer, but largely dominated by adjuncts. A bit busy, and not really my cup of tea. Disappointing considering the players involved. Might be willing to try this again in a more controlled setting where I can ponder this more thoroughly, but not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 22:11:32 | More by MasterSki
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Hawthornes, Philly, PA

Dark brown-black pour, opaque, topped with a foamy tan head that retained as a collar and left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malts and dark chocolate, slightly herbal and vegetal with an unusual scent reminiscent of green beans; somewhat boozy. Taste of cocoa and cream, caramel malts, nutshells, roasted marshmallow, branching out into a full-blown liquid macaroon. The booze actually came out a bit more as it warmed. Smooth mouthfeel, on the heavier side of medium-bodied. Quite enjoyable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 23:45:00 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-11-2013 13:39:00 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-11-2014 23:14:22 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

02-07-2013 08:11:27 | More by beernads
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-01-2013 15:39:43 | More by MarkyMOD
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-14-2014 19:51:33 | More by yourefragile
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-10-2013 05:04:59 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-17-2013 17:51:30 | More by stakem
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-10-2013 01:56:40 | More by duceswild
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-27-2013 01:13:58 | More by Gonzoillini
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-27-2013 01:58:32 | More by zestar
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-24-2013 18:19:21 | More by sendbeer
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at hawthornes, served in large Duvel tulip - part of the EBF kegs that came to Philly after the blizzard fiasco

Deep, blacked out pour with a super frothy tanned head resting on top. Retains throughout most of the pour with webbed, sticky lacing coating the glass while drinking.

Complex, interesting nose with dark roasted malts, honey, coconut, chocolate and alcohol. A touch of minty tea and sweetness with brownies and glowing warmth.

Sweet and warm up front with swirling chocolate and honey. Slightly minty tea note comes through, followed by a thick, roasted malt backbone. Touches of cocoa, vanilla and coconut along with more honey and a slightly boozy finish.

Full body, decent carbonation, sticky and lasting on the tongue. I really enjoy hybrid styles so I was pretty psyched to try this one - I probably couldn't do more than a smaller pour, but I hope to see more Braggots from other breweries in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 14:10:24 | More by xnicknj
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-10-2013 13:18:16 | More by drummermattie02
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-24-2013 19:11:55 | More by Zaphog
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Ghost Stories from Cigar City Brewing
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